By Steve Tsang
From a little-known fishing neighborhood on the outer edge of China, Hong Kong constructed into one of many world's such a lot surprising and cosmopolitan metropoles after a century and a 1/2 British imperial rule. This heritage of Hong Kong -- from its career by means of the British in 1841 to its go back to chinese language sovereignty in 1997 -- contains the root of contemporary Hong Kong; its advancements as an imperial outpost, its transformation into the "pearl" of the British Empire and of the Orient and the occasions resulting in the top of British rule. in accordance with large study in British and chinese language assets, either legit and personal, the ebook addresses the altering kin among the neighborhood chinese language and the expatriate groups in 156 years of British rule, and the emergence of a neighborhood identification. It ends with a serious yet dispassionate exam of Hong Kong's transition from a British Crown Colony to a chinese language particular Administrative zone.
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He warned that in a few decades China might turn itself into ‘a powerful nation fully armed and with the skill and knowledge that [would] enable her to make use of her vast strength’ to pose a threat to British Hong Kong. 69 In the era of Rule Britannia, Britain dismissed the idea that China could ever pose a challenge to the might of the British Empire – too readily in retrospect. Other important provisions the Chinese insisted on including in the agreement concerned the fort of Kowloon and the right of access by Chinese officials.
From this point onward, the Governor of Hong Kong no longer had responsibilities for Britain’s relations with China. Although Bruce sailed north with a modest fleet intending to display Western naval superiority, he did not expect armed resistance. As it turned out, Emperor Xianfeng had ordered the Mongolian General Senggelinqin, who had built up a considerable reputation in suppressing the Taiping rebels, to take charge of the defence of the Beijing-Tianjin region, and required the Western envoys to travel to Beijing not on board their warships but on land and without their instruments of war.
59 The main reservation voiced was simply that an ethnic Chinese member could not be trusted to keep a British secret from the Chinese authorities in the event of a breakdown in Anglo-Chinese relations. 60 In the end, the sceptics within the Colonial Office were overruled by the top official and ministers, who did not feel it right to reject the principle that the Queen’s Chinese subjects should have a voice in the Council, and Ng appeared to be a particularly good candidate. 61 Consequently, London sanctioned Ng’s temporary appointment but only as a reversible experiment.
A Modern History of Hong Kong by Steve Tsang